Women’s Impact Fund Grants $382,000 to Charlotte Nonprofits at their Annual Meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 21, 2015) – The Women’s Impact Fund, a Charlotte-based, collective-giving organization with 400 female community leaders, has granted five local nonprofits a combined $382,000 to address critical community needs.

Care Ring, Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Community School of the Arts, N.C. Wildlife Federation, and Right Moves for Youth were recognized as this year’s grant recipients during the organization’s annual meeting May 20.

The Fund’s members reviewed the more than 90 entries received last fall in a competitive application process, and then evaluated the grant recipients in an extensive process whose outcome was finally determined by a general membership vote.

“We are excited and proud to fund the mission of these worthy nonprofits,” said Carolyn Meade, outgoing Board Chair. “These grants are a symbol of the strength of collective giving and the commitment of the Women’s Impact Fund to our community. This year is a milestone for us: we have now given more than $4 million to 54 organizations in Mecklenburg County – a significant contribution to help address the critical needs in our area.”

Together with its grant recipients, the Women’s Impact Fund has created powerful change in Mecklenburg County and has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country. It will host the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network Leadership Forum, to be held in Charlotte October 15-17, 2015.

2015 Women’s Impact Fund Grant Recipients

• Arts & Culture grant recipient Community School of the Arts (CSA) received $76,000 to expand its School Ready with Arts program. CSA will use this funding to train preschool teachers in low-income schools to develop and implement lesson plans that integrate the arts.

• Education grant recipient Right Moves for Youth received $90,000 to fund its school-based, dropout prevention and support program focused on helping at-risk middle and high school students improve their school attendance, behavior and academic performance.

• Environment grant recipient North Carolina Wildlife Federation received $71,000 to expand the Great Outdoors University of Greater Charlotte, a program providing meaningful, life-changing outdoor experiences for children.

• Health grant recipient Care Ring received $90,000 to hire a Spanish-speaking nurse to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership program. This program pairs first-time, low-income pregnant women with registered nurses beginning early in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday.

• Human Services grant recipient Community Culinary School of Charlotte received $55,000 to support its Workforce Development through Culinary Arts program, which provides culinary training and job search assistance for adults with barriers to employment or in need of social integration.

Also at the meeting, Mary Gallivan, Director, Centers for Giving at the Foundation for the Carolinas, was elected to chair the Women’s Impact Fund Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year.

About Women’s Impact Fund
Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating members, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving.

With over 400 members, the organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change in Mecklenburg County. To date, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 54 grants totaling more than $4 million. For more information, visit www.womensimpactfund.org.

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